Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Knit

I am thrilled to say I finished up my last pattern of the school year today.  It's the one I promised myself would be done before the kids are out for the summer, and they still have 3 days left!  I still need to do my final estimates for yarn usage and give it a last "once over", but it'll definitely be ready for testers by next week.

I don't think I'll be running a full-scale test on this one since I'm not really sure where it'll end up.  I'm guessing this pattern will end up as a magazine submission for Summer 2014, but if that doesn't work out I'll probably self-publish it rather than hold on to it indefinitely.  

Since I don't know the final destination of this pattern yet, I can post any pictures, but I can tell you that it's a sleeveless summer top in fingering weight yarn.  It has a very flattering fit for most body types.  About half of the top uses a patterned stitch and about half of it is stockinette, and it includes a gorgeous cabled band as well.  It is something that I have worn casually with denim shorts or capris, but I could easily dress it up with khakis and a little jewelry.  

The pattern is written for chest sizes 34.5" (37", 40", 42.5", 45", 47.5"), and my best guess, having not done the math yet, is that the top will require 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins of Malabrigo sock yarn or a similar light fingering-weight yarn.  (I chose the Malabrigo because their sock yarn is very un-irritating to my sensitive skin, which is necessary for a summer top I wear next to the skin.)

If you have questions or might be interested in test knitting, send me a note through the "contact link" or pm me on Ravelry.